Tools for Developing Legislation on Domestic Violence

Last updated May 2010

Battered Women’s Justice Project, USA, Promising Practices in Domestic Violence, 2009.

Bennett, L., and Williams, O., Controversies and Recent Studies of Batterer Intervention Program Effectiveness (2001) at: www.vawnet.org

Council of Europe, Recommendation Rec(2002)5 of the Committee of Ministers to Member States on the Protection of Women Against Violence Adopted on 30 April 2002 and Explanatory Memorandum, 2002.

European Union, Violence in the EU Examined, 2009. 

Horváth, Enikö, Zukani, Monwabisi, Eppel, Desmond, Kays, Monica, Konare, Abdoul, Park, Yeora S., Pischalnikova, Ekaterina Y., Stankard, Nathaniel, and Zingher, Tally, in collaboration with Barad, Elizabeth and Slattery, Elisa, Gender-Based Violence Laws in Sub-Saharan Africa (2007), prepared for the Committee on African Affairs of the New York City Bar as part of a pro bono project coordinated by The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, http://www.nycbar.org/pdf/report/GBVReportFinal2.pdf

International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence Against Women in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice: Resource Manual, March 1999, also available in Russian

Jivan, Vedna, and Forster, Christine, UNDP Pacific Centre and UNIFEM, Translating CEDAW into Law: CEDAW Legislative Compliance in Nine Pacific Island Countries (2007). 

Kuriansky, Joan A., Editor, and Little, Kristin, Project Coordinator, Assessing Justice System Response to Violence Against Women: A Tool for Law Enforcement, Prosecution and the Courts to Use in Developing Effective Responses, 1998, Battered Women’s Justice Project, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.

Ministry of Children & Family Development, British Columbia, Canada, Best Practice Approaches:  Child Protection and Violence Against Women (2004).

National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women and the Violence Against Women Office, The Toolkit to End Violence Against Women (2001). 

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, USA,  Effective Intervention in Woman Battering & Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policy and Practice, 1999. 

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Family Violence: A Model State Code, 1994. 

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, USA, Publications of the Family Violence Department, including model legislation, court practice and collaboration practice at http://www.ncjfcj.org/content/blogcategory/256/302.

Nikolić-Ristanović, Vesna, and Dokmanović, Mirjana, International Standards on Domestic Violence and Their Implementation in the Western Balkans (2006). 

National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, Australia, Domestic Violence Laws in Australia (2009).

OSCE, Bringing Security Home:  Combating Violence Against Women in the OSCE Region.  A Compilation of Good Practices (2009).

English: http://www.osce.org/item/38013.html

Russian: http://www.osce.org/publications/gen/2009/06/38013_1314_ru.pdf

Montenegrin: http://www.osce.org/publications/gen/2009/06/38013_1314_me.pdf

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Handbook for Parliamentarians: Parliaments United in Combating Domestic Violence Against Women, 2006.

Pence, Ellen, and Eng, Denise, The Saint Paul blueprint for safety: An Interagency Response to Domestic Violence Crimes (2009). 

The Advocates for Human Rights, www.stopvaw.org, Drafting Domestic Violence Laws.

The Advocates for Human Rights, www.stopvaw.org, PowerPoint on Drafting Domestic Violence Laws.

UNIFEM, Domestic Violence Legislation and its Implementation: An Analysis for ASEAN Countries Based on International Standards and Good Practices, 2009. 

UNIFEM Central and Eastern Europe, Ending Domestic Violence in Southeast Europe and Turkey: Towards a Regional Strategy for Action, 2007.

United Nations, 1996 United Nations Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, a framework for model legislation on domestic violence, 1996, E/CN.4/1996/53/Add.2 (abbreviated herein as the UN Model Framework).

United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Report of the Intergovernmental Expert Group Meeting to Review and Update the Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against Women in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, March 2009.

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Division for the Advancement of Women, Handbook for legislation on violence against women (2009).

  •  A PowerPoint presentation on this United Nations handbook is available here.
  • A video dialogue between two experts discussing the handbook is available here

United Nations, The UN Secretary-General’s database on violence against women is an excellent source for laws, action plans, administrative provisions, and much more from many countries on violence against women, at: http://webapps01.un.org/vawdatabase/home.action

USAID, Toolkit for Integrating Domestic Violence Activities into Programming in Europe and Eurasia, 2009.